Remembering my little blue bug.

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I've always had a special place in my heart for the Volkswagen Beetle... I owned a blue 1966 Bug back in the early 70's, in fact it was the very first car I actually owned. Not many perks but it got great gas mileage and was fun to drive. I ran into this red 1970 VW at Fry's in Renton, WA.

I was attending Green River Community College then and drove to Auburn from Renton. Then after classes to Enumclaw to teach guitar lessons at the Stan Boreson Music Store. Those were long days and finally around 7:00 or 7:30 pm back home to Renton via Maple Valley. That was a little over a 65 mile round trip everyday, yet a tank of gas lasted all week.

1970 Volkswagen Beetle
Very straight and cute 1970 Volkswagen Beetle in Fry's parking lot, Renton WA.

I loved the Beetle's simplicity. It was reliable, low maintenance, and with a little imagination it drove like a sports car. One drawback however was the internal heater worked off the air cooled engine. I remember a lot of cold wet winter mornings jamming for an 8:00 am class with foggy windows and your breath freezing on the inside of the windshield.

The drive from Renton to Auburn was straight down the valley and flat. It wasn't until the last 2 miles or so when I had to gun it up through Lea Hills to campus that it would finally heat up. Then, as if by magic, the windows cleared and you were now in an oven rolling the windows down gasping for air.

I put a lot of hard miles on that little car before it needed some engine work. If memory serves me, it was rings. My friend Steve Johnson, unlike me, had mechanical skills and we decided to pull the motor and do the repairs.

We rented a jack to hoist the engine and with me on top and Steve lying on the ground we unbolted the motor when it slipped off the jack. I'll never forget Steve bench pressing it up through the engine compartment grunting, "Here!" Thanks to Steve we got it running again and I was back on the road.

Good memories and many adventures... remembering my little blue bug. It was very good to me.

Originally posted on the blog: The Blackberry Chronicles, Remembering my little blue bug.

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I never could learn to drive a stick.. It sat and sat ..I tried and tried ..had to sell it and get an Oldsmobile !

April 28, 2012 12:14 PM
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They sure are loved by many.  The Beetle is #4 on the Edmund's list of the 100 greatest cars of all time.  See the list here: http://www.insideline.com/features/the-100-greatest-cars-of-all-time.html

 

April 28, 2012 12:24 PM
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My first car was a 66 Bug, biege in color.  Then I graduated to a 1979 white convertable with the 1600 cc Carmen Khia engine.  I loved that car (Vinny VDub) until 2004.  We had lots of fun times together and my son abused him a bit in HS but he still kept on ticking.  Finally had to let him go but sold him for just under $7,000.  Still look at them driving downt the road and sigh.

April 28, 2012 12:29 PM
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Betty: Agreed... There's something about them that's almost like having a pet.

April 28, 2012 12:30 PM
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Hannah: I had no choice. I think the first 4 or 5 cars I drove were all sticks! After the Beetle though, I went big with an Olds Starfire. Man that thing loved speed! 440 Hemi with a 4 speed automatic. An awesome gallactic cruiser sports car!

April 28, 2012 12:33 PM
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Peter: Great list! What fun to look over so many cars I've known from the past!

Cindy: Wow, you had that 79 for a long time. Those were beautiful cars. Me too, I always have to gaze when I see a bug go by and in the back of my thoughts I wish for one.

April 28, 2012 12:37 PM
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The Volkswagen beetle, for being a German import, surely was a part of 1960s Americana...  

April 28, 2012 04:00 PM
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Paul: Indeed it was! Totally iconic of the 60's and the summer of love! Peace!

April 28, 2012 06:09 PM
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Rene...

That little air cooled engine was dependable and pretty easy to work on ... I never owned one but many of my friends did.

April 28, 2012 07:14 PM
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Richard: My joke was/is you only needed 4 tools... An adjustable wrench, a hammer, and a standard and a Phillips screwdriver and you could fix most anything!

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Hi René, That was a great story and those are the memories that us all smile. A fun read!
April 28, 2012 10:16 PM
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William: Thanks. It was fun to remember. Good memories.

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I had a light yellow VW Karmann Ghia convertible as my first car - I loved it so much. I too always appreciated 'The Bug' - and I agree with your assessment.   How many friends were able to stuff in your Bug - I remember one of my friends managed to squeeze quite a few guys into the car for a fun antic. :)

April 30, 2012 09:12 AM
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Hi Debb: How could I forget stuffing as many guys into the car as you possibly could! I'll have to think about that one, I think we got 7... including me at the wheel once.

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That's a great memory! I was just thinking about my first car a couple of weeks ago! AHHH the good ol days! :)

April 30, 2012 03:18 PM
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Stacia: Thanks... Love my Explorer and all its comforts, but I still have fond memories for that little blue bug :O)

April 30, 2012 03:32 PM
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I learned to drive in a 73 beetle.  My Dad's car.  It was a ugly brown color, but was so easy to work on, and I even knew the little trick to get it in reverse easily.

Great memories.

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Oh WOW -- this post brought back memories.  My first car was a VW Beetle, blue ... kinda powder if I recall.  Loved that car.  Of course I didn't know how to drive a stick at the time and learned by doing.  ;-)

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Eric... I think my tool box at the time had a rubber persuader hammer, and adjustable big pair of plyers, a couple of standard screwdrivers and a couple of Philips screwdrivers and a small metric wrench set. You could fix just about everything!

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Carla... Love it... mine was that darker VW blue! Fortunately I learned to drive in my Dad's 1952 Plymouth which had a long throw 3 speed shift on the column. You'd a thought I was Parnelly Jones or something with a floor shift! Oh Yah!

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